No stranger to struggle: Cottonwood's Cooper Bateman chose challenging path for his college football career

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  • NT SomewhereIn, UT
    April 22, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    This should give the Utes a good QB to cheer for this year.

    (funny one, Ernest)

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 21, 2014 9:03 p.m.


    Your explanation is woefully short of facts.

    Bateman was in fact offered from BYU and he was very much interested in the offer... In fact he was very tempted to either take the Coug offer or the Boise State offer (notice he really didn't even consider the ute offer) but he got a chance to play in the SEC which is usually considered the best conference in America so he took it...

    According to most reports, the reason he didn't take the BYU offer was because of the apparent log jam at the QB position... Taysom Hill had just declared that he was going to go to BYU upon his return from his Mission (dropping his Stanford Scholarship)... Ammon Olson had also declared that he would be attending BYU and Tanner Mangum (the number 1 recruit out of Idaho and MVP of the Elite 11 Competition) had said he would attend BYU upon completion of his mission...

    Heaps had just opted to transfer to Kansas because he was afraid that he would get buried in the group given the fact that he had just lost the starting job to Riley Nelson and Nelson still had another year of eligibility.

  • Kim Cedar Park, Texas
    April 21, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    Coach Saban only gives what is earned. If you perform, you play. Period. There is not a better coach in college football. He keeps all of his players grounded in reality and recognizing that they only are part of a team, not the other way around. Hence no media interviews for Freshman. Prima Donna's need not apply. Could not be a better place for this young man to learn to play college football. Wise choice, Cooper.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    April 21, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    Playing for Lane Kiffin's offense, he will have to learn the "bubble" screen very well as that is an integral part of his offensive scheme. (lol).

    It is a shame that Utah kids do not have enough pride in their schools in Utah to consider them...he would have been a great fit for BYU. At Utah, he may have had to sit at least one year. But, to go to Oregon, Washington St., Alabama, USC or ucla is a slap in the face of the Utah brand of football...Utah is getting a lot of Texas kids, and now a Louisiana kid, but not the top QB in either state. You can go to the Pros from Utah, Utah St. and BYU...there are a total of 38 in the Pros from the state of Utah, including 23 from Utah, 10 from Utah St. and 5 from BYU.

    We need to keep these kids here if we are to progress in the college football game.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 21, 2014 1:04 p.m.


    I know who Ernest is. I just couldn't resist poking fun at the Y either.

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    Naval Vet,
    "Ernest T. Bass" is not a BYU fan--that's his way of poking fun at them.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 21, 2014 11:29 a.m.


    Actually, the Y did want Cooper, and offered him a scholarship. However, the article stated...

    "Bateman never wanted an easy road. He wanted to challenge himself in ways that most people don’t have the courage to do...he told the Deseret News that he didn’t mind being a small fish in a big pond...'Cooper wanted to see if he could play on a big stage. He knew there was a chance he wouldn’t make it. But he wanted to see if he could.'"

    So that explains why he had no designs to go to Provo. He couldn't challenge himself playing small ball.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 21, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Hope he gets to play before he graduates...

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    April 21, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    It is becoming more and more evident that Utah is turning out tremendous athletes. If they can be persuaded to stay in state there will be a good chance for the local schools to be national powerhouses.

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    April 21, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    Nice article (again) Amy

    It's nice to get an inside view on these things

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Obviously if it's utah and Alabama you go to Alabama but if byu wanted him he would go to byu.

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    April 21, 2014 4:20 a.m.

    Obviously nick Sabah knows what he's doing and who he plays. Tuscaloosa has one of the prettiest campuses and it's a great area all around.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    April 20, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    One thing about it, with a name like Cooper Bateman, most people in Alabama probably think he is from Alabama.

    All kidding aside, I hope he does well and gets a real shot at the starting job. Being from Utah probably makes his job tougher. How can a guy from Utah be better than a good ol' Southern boy?

  • Rivalry Rumble in the Rockies Salt Lake, UT
    April 20, 2014 10:29 p.m.

    I imagine as soon as he got the Alabama(and other offers) he'd laugh at the thought of going to Utah or one of the MWC Utah schools.

    When your choice is between Alabama and Utah, you go to Alabama. I too would have loved to have him, but Utah is no Alabama. He'd be crazy to not go there.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 20, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    As a Utah fan I would have loved to have had him choose the Utes. Now I wish him success at Alabama. Hope to hear big things these next few years!